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Old 03-23-20, 12:52 PM
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A memorable ride in this morning....

Facebook reminded me it was on this date, March 23rd in 2012, in the morning that I resumed riding to work after a bulging disk in my neck changed my life in September 2010. I didn't ride for over a year, and didn't resume commuting until 8 years ago today.

I was in constant pain for four months, which then began to subside for longer and longer periods each day. I began walking, then running on the treadmill through the fall and winter to get my cardio up. Then I began shorter rides until I though I could make the 9 miles to work.

Here is a photo from that day in 2012, and again today!

I got to work and found out we will be on a reduced schedule effective immediately. Such is life in the time of Coronavirus.
That is snow atop Pikes Peak just above my helmet in today's photo.

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Old 03-23-20, 01:31 PM
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Nice, and congrats on getting back on 8 years ago and sticking to it.
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Congratulations on your back-to-riding anniversary!
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Facebook seems to know a lot about you.

Congratulations, on getting back on your bike.
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Great keeping at it! I wish that I was more in to bikes back when I lived in the Springs.
s that Quail Lake? Back in the 90's I worked just up the hill at Quantum in the old Cray building.
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Great keeping at it! I wish that I was more in to bikes back when I lived in the Springs.
s that Quail Lake? Back in the 90's I worked just up the hill at Quantum in the old Cray building.
Yes, it's Quail Lake. I work just across the "valley" from what was Quantum. When I first started working in 1992 it was Cray Super Computer, then Quantum, then Honeywell. It has been vacant for the last three years.

You may enjoy this video of mine from 2016...
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What treatment did you do for the disc? I had surgery in 1988, one month before my first kid was born. For months, I was unable to walk or stand or even think.
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What treatment did you do for the disc? I had surgery in 1988, one month before my first kid was born. For months, I was unable to walk or stand or even think.
Through MRIs they determined the disc was bulging and not slipped, so they put me on steroids and anti-inflamatories. I went to a doctor of osteopathy who performed a quick adjustment, just like in the movies and tv...he held my arm behind me and braced my shoulder and twisted my neck. There was a small popping sound and the pain was gone...but for only 20 minutes.

Then they did a steroid injection in my neck and said two or three may be necessary. The first did nothing. A few weeks later the second seemed to help. I began experiencing short pain-free periods which grew by the week. And the build-up of pain was slower.

By the way, when I say pain...it was all in my left arm, from the bicep down to my middle finger-tip. My neck itself didn't hurt. WHen the original DO tapped the side of my neck, it felt as if he was tapping my fore-arm.

Had my condition not shown improvement, the next steps would have been a third steroid injection, followed by surgury if necessary.

Just as with your case, I was unable to walk, stand or think, but I had to go to work, as it was a small business, and my friend, the owner was dying of cancer and I had to run things. Lots of pain, lots of depression and no bike riding. I really don't know how I got through it, other than having a strong, capable, smart and beautiful wife.
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Yup, referred pain is normal. My herniated disc was L5-S1, I.e. the lowest one. I had pain in my leg only. But my back was twisted, and people could see it when they looked at me.
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Congrats! That seems so good, isn't it?
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I really don't know how I got through it, other than having a strong, capable, smart and beautiful wife.
That'll do it.
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Old 04-05-20, 11:27 PM
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Sick! Congrats on the recovery.
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Originally Posted by BobbyG View Post
…Just as with your case, I was unable to walk, stand or think, but I had to go to work, as it was a small business, and my friend, the owner was dying of cancer and I had to run things. Lots of pain, lots of depression and no bike riding.

I really don't know how I got through it, other than having a strong, capable, smart and beautiful wife
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That'll do it.
I have previously posted:
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.BTW, my wife is a nurse, and she tended me well during my three month convalescence from my cycling accident [which included a fractured sacrum]

Our relationship was early on very bicycle-centered, including a cross-country cycling honeymoon, so she does not give me a hard time about continuing cycling.
On the other hand, as I recently posted:
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working from home sux.... I want an excuse to get out on my bicycle but escapism gets away from family duties.

Every time I open my laptop to work my wife gets anxiety and gives em some chores. probably because she knows Im going to shoot the **** on forums.. LOL
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Off the pandemic topic, but about the wife's tolerance of posting to BF. Our relationship early on was very bike-oriented with touring, including a cross country cycling honeymoon in 1977. So she is very tolerant of my cycling, and knows I post to BF.

On a couple of occasions,
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"snow storm coming, who's happy about it?" ...

Another major snowstorm is predicted for this evening (2/12). I wanted to ride to work for the first one on 12/8, but she usually chides me with “You just want to ride today so you can write about it to Bike Forums.”

So tomorrow morning we may well be within the throes of another snowstorm, with the plows out in force.
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...I've also had the opportunity to meet Louis and he is a congenial and genuinely nice guy, and his avatar does capture his gentle nature.

A few months ago though, he changed the picture to the sinister and nasty-looking "Soup Nazi" character from Seinfield with the iconic tagline, "No soup for you."...



I was on Bikeforums reading a post from him and my wife passed by. She then chided me and asked what kind of information I was posting. She said "Look at that guy (Louis' new avatar); he could be a drug dealer!"

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